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and breakfasts and lunches. there was the navy breakfast and the marine breakfast in the army lunch. they would get together not as republicans or democrats but as members of the army. veterans of the navy or the marines. one of the first with whom i had a special relationship, a first republicans i should say is somebody whose name i know you know well. he's one of my favorite americans and i can't tell you how much i treasure our friendship. that person is bob dole. there was a very poignant extraordinarily powerful moment just a couple of weeks ago. dan inouye eight president pro tempore of the senate was dying and lying in state in the senate rotunda. bob dole was wheeled and in his wheelchair to pay his last respects. he got out of his wheelchair and worked his way up to the casket and saluted with his good hand and then mention to those around him, i couldn't do that with dna sitting in a wheelchair. he and i were elected republican and democratic leaders in 1994. he had been leader. he said, when we were both elected, every farmer immediately went out and bought a new tractor. i don't kn
navy as well. african americans served in the navy during the civil war as well but once again, all of these are models. they don't represent any one particular african-american. inside the rotunda of the capitol there is a bust of dr. martin luther king jr.. but this is washington. we like full size statues. we like to put them in the middle of the street where we have to drive in circles around them. so we are not going to count this either. so, where in washington, d.c. is the only statue of a real african-american man on public land, and as a bonus, we're in washington is the only statue of a real african-american woman? the answer is they are both in the same place, lincoln park. in the middle of lincoln park is a statue called freedom memorial. it's a statue of president lincoln with a freed slave at his feet. that is a real person named arthur alexander. >> technology, you know. let's back up one. am i doing this or is it doing it itself? there we go. i want to read you a little bit about the freedom memorial. >> lincoln park located between 11th and 13th streets frequented o
and the reserve and i'm working for the navy. good afternoon, again. my question is do you think we're in risk of the same mistake we saw after vietnam in losing the expertise with the potential sequester and the possibility of losing special operations funding and the hard, expertise of our special operators? >> yeah. yeah we are. first, the difn budget is already coming down and needs to come down a lot. the -- defense budget has gotten huge and based upon the nation's finances we have to bring it down. i think the process is already underway. what people talk about defense they talk about we need to spend three or 4% of gdp for defense. i think that's a dumb approach. you need to spend as much foreign defense as you need to defend yourself. it was designed to be something so that sane people would never let it happen. [laughter] we confused the last part. because what happens is now if you sequester in 2013 and you don't make the decision until early spring, they only have the rest of the fiscal year to execute that. they have to take the cut about the last six or seven month of the years.
naval career flying aircraft to the u.s. navy. about 10 years ago, i transitioned over to academia. where i had an out standing opportunity to go to school where i specialize in middle eastern history. >> host: now an author, "the politics and security of the gulf" is the name of your book. that's a big topic, isn't it? >> guest: yes, it is. the united states has been involved in three hot wars. it is a big topic that needs to be discussed and investigated. which is part of the reason why we took on this topic. >> host: where you begin talking about united states involvement? >> guest: the u.s. involvement in the middle east goes further back. we are specifically looking at the persian gulf. it really is world war ii when we get involved in a big way. >> host: why is that? >> guest: surprisingly it does not have to do directly with a whale. it marked entry into the united states for two reasons. one is to provide a secure pathway for supplies to the soviet russian allies in their quest to defeat the germans. the persian gulf represented one pathway through a back channel of persia
forces initiative. a marine sergeant in the reserve and in working for the navy. good afternoon again. my question is, do you think were at risk of the same mistake we saw after vietnam and using the expertise with this potential sequester on the possibility of moving operations funding and the hard expertise of our special operators? >> yeah, we are. first, the defense budget is coming down and it needs to come down a lot. the defense budget has gotten huge and based upon the nations finances, we've got to bring it down, but the process is underway. people sometimes talk about what needs than 3% or 4% of gdp for defense. that's a approach. you need to spend as much on defense is a need to defend yourself, but no more and i think they're working on that. the sequester is completely different. sequestered was designed to be something so unpalatable that sane people would never let it happen. [laughter] we confuse the last part because what happens is that the sequester in 2013 and don't think the decision until early spring, they only have the rest of the fiscal year to execute that code w
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